December 3rd marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day when we commit to creating a more inclusive and accessible society for people of all abilities. This year, it coincides with the conclusion of the House of Commons hearings on Bill C-81—the Accessible Canada Act. Introduced last June, this piece of legislation has been decades in the makingContinue reading The Accessible Canada Act Promises a Barrier-Free Canada for People with Disabilities. Will it Deliver?
One in five Canadians lives with one or more disabilities. Everyday these 6.2 million individuals encounter various barriers. These barriers prevent persons with disabilities from participating fully in all aspects of society. It is thus not surprising that 60 percent of complaints received by the Canadian Human Rights Commission relate to disability. High proportions ofContinue reading The Right To Accessible Information
Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-eng.htm Related information: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-info-eng.htm PDF (183 KB): https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-eng.pdf This release is available in audio: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/dai/btd/othervisuals/other018 The video “Impact of COVID-19 on Canadians living with long-term conditions and disabilities, American Sign Language https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/sc/video/coviD-19-sign-language is also available. Just over one-fifth of the Canadian population has one or more disabilities.Continue reading Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities
Hello community, I am offering the story in case it can be used as evidence in anyone’s healthcare advocacy and accessibility work. Yesterday I went to the Covid Assessment Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, in the Bank of Nova Scotia Building on the corner of Dundas St., West in Bathurst Street and Toronto. I wantedContinue reading No Accomodation Available. One Blind Man’s Account of His Experience at the COVID Assessment Centre at Toronto Western Hospital
A report due to be launched this week by disability advocacy organization Inclusion London affirms the fear many disabled people have experienced throughout the pandemic over being denied life-saving treatment, should they become seriously ill with coronavirus. In the report entitled, “Abandoned, forgotten and ignored – the impact of Covid-19 on Disabled people”, several surveyContinue reading Doctors Issuing Unlawful ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders For Disabled Covid Patients ‘Outrageous’
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way humans interact with one another. With an emphasis on less physical interaction and more social distancing, institutions and organizations are moving their work and meetings online. People with disabilities form about 15 percent of world population, so it is all the more important these online meetings are madeContinue reading Are Your Virtual Meetings Accessible for People with Disabilities? Start with This Checklist.
Dear Ms. Qualtrough: Thank you for agreeing to serve Canadians as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. On Election Day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. From coast to coast to coast, people chose to invest in their families and communities, create good middle class jobs and fight climate change while keeping ourContinue reading Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Mandate Letter – Office of the Prime Minister
Honourable Senators, Members of the House of Commons, Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to address this first session of Canada’s 43rd Parliament. I would like to welcome the 98 new members of this assembly and to welcome back returning members. Your predecessors first sat in Parliament in November 1867. Canada was barely fiveContinue reading Moving Forward Together Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the Forty-Third Parliament of Canada
Disabled folks like Vint Cerf and Joybubbles helped birth today’s digital world. But a lack of ADA compliance thwarts the innovators of tomorrow. Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today. Yet that same world so summarily excludes disabled individuals today that we’re eliminatingContinue reading Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation
It seems like only yesterday and not so many years ago that I met who would later become one of my best friends. It was our first time at “big” school, at the tender age of 11. I knew no one from my elementary school but GiGi became one of my closest. I remember herContinue reading No Barriers to Understanding Contributed by Debra Walker